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Armenia: Drawing competition on the theme of humanitarian law

08-04-2005 News Release

This press release was issued by the ICRC delegation in Yerevan


© ICRC / Ashot Astabatsyan 
In captivity. Drawing by Astghik Margaryan, 7th grade student of the Public Art College, Yerevan.
© ICRC / Ashot Astabatsyan 
Wounded enemy soldier and me. Drawing by Ararat Ghevondyan, Public Art College, Yerevan. Says Ararat: "By my drawing I expressed my feelings and attitude towards the war. I think that people must be more generous and charitable."

Astghik Margaryan is a seventh-grade pupil at the Yerevan Public Art School. She is among 10 winners of a drawing competition held by the ICRC on the theme of international humanitarian law. Over 100 schoolchildren from all over Armenia took part in the competition.

On 8 April the winners gathered at the training centre of the Armenian Red Cross Society, where their drawings had been exhibited. " The topics of the competition were so fascinating that we felt happy just to participate, " said Astghik on receiving her award.

The drawings were based on topics included in the ICRC's My Little Planet and Man to Man textbooks for pupils in the fifth and seventh grades respectively. Each year 120,000 schoolchildren study the textbooks as part of a course on Armenian literature. Efforts to teach Armenian schoolchildren the basic rules of humanitarian law are part of a joint project launched by the ICRC and the Ministry of Education and Science in 1996.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Ashot Astabatsyan, ICRC Yerevan: tel.: + 37 4126 2903 or + 37 4127 3152